Deputies wound armed man, kill his dog in Sultan shooting

SULTAN, Wash. — A 44-year-old man is in the hospital after he was shot by Snohomish County deputies Sunday night.

At 6:45 p.m., deputies were called to the intersection of Second Street and Cedar Avenue in Sultan for reports of a man with a knife.

Tracie Welever said as she drove by the intersection, she noticed a man acting strangely.

“He was standing out in his yard, harassing people as they were coming by, with a knife,” said Welever.

Neighbors said a man who lives in the neighborhood was riding his bike. He approached the man with a knife to find out what was wrong.

“He stopped and asked the kid, you know, ‘What’s going on, what’s wrong,’ and they were in the middle of the road,” said Welever.

When deputies arrived, they began giving commands to the suspect.

“The sheriffs were yelling at him to put the knife down. He kept arguing or fighting. They tased him; we watched it fall straight down on his face,” said neighbor Mark Kern.

Even after being tased, Kern said the suspect was still not cooperating.

“They ran over and he kept fighting, and every time they thought they had him calmed down, he’d fight again,” said Kern.

The suspect was shot during the struggle. His wound was not life-threatening.

During the struggle, a dog ran out of the suspect’s house and was also shot by deputies. The wounded animal then went back into the house and later died.

Deputies treated the suspect for his gunshot wound until medics arrived and took him to Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett.

Detectives with the Snohomish County Multiple Agency Response Team (SMART) are investigating.